• The materiality of the ancient dead. Post-burial practices and ontologies of death in southern sweden AD 800–1200.

    Author(s):
    Fredrik Fahlander (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Archaeology
    Subject(s):
    Archaeology, Death, New materialism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6CQ2J
    Abstract:
    The text discusses reuse and modifications of older graves in southern Sweden during the Late Iron Age and early medieval period (c. 9th to 12th centuries AD). Post-burial practices in the Late Iron Age have in general been interpreted as means to negotiate status, identity and rights to land, while in the later part of the period they are comprehended as expressions of religious insecurity and syncretism. In this text, the continuity of post-burial practices during the whole period is stressed and instead of general top-down interpretative models, the ontological status and material aspects of death, dead bodies and their graves is emphasized. It is argued that the post-burial actions generally constituted ways of relating to a specific type of materiality, the bones of the ancient dead, which transgress binary categorizations such as living–dead, past–present, heathen–Christian, and human–nonhuman. The argument builds on ve recently excavated sites in southern Sweden: Bogla, Broby Bro, Lilla Ullevi, Valsta and Vittene. Journal Name: Current Swedish Archaeology, Vol 24: 137-162
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    Status:
    Published
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    2 years ago
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